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EHS In State Music Theater Showcase

By Staff | Jun 1, 2017

STATE?SHOWCASE?BOUND - Several Emmetsburg High School musicians will be participating in the Iowa High School Musical Theature Awards Showcase Monday, June 5, at the Des Moines Civic Center. Among the awards is Special Recognition for the entire cast of the EHS?Musical, “Oklahoma”, pictured above. Individuals who will perform at the Showcase representing Emmetsburg are Alexander Gray, Adam Berkland, Kayla Joyce and Natalie Ruiz. -- Dan Voigt photo

When Emmetsburg High School performed the musical “Oklahoma” last November, the production was judged by a panel representing the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase program. Out of hundreds of high school productions during this recently completed school year, Emmetsburg was selected as one of 60 schools to participate in the 2017 Showcase event.

The Showcase will be at 7 p.m. Monday, June 5, at the Des Moines Civic Center, and will bring together over 500 students from high schools across the state, including four Emmetsburg students.

Representing Emmetsburg High School will be seniors Alexander Gray, Kayla Joyce, Natalie Ruiz and junior Adam Berkland.

Emmetsburg’s production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma” received several awards during the competition, including three Special Recognition Awards for Performance in a Principal role. Earning those awards were seniors Alexander Gray as Jud Fry and Austin Noll as Curly McClain, along with junior Adam Berkland for his portrayal of Will Parker.

EHS’s production also received a Distinguished Scene award for the opening number, “Oh What A Beautiful Mornin’.”

Additionally, the entire cast of “Oklahoma” was given a Special Recognition Award for Ensemble in a production.

During the Showcase event, the students will perform excerpts from their musicals, and all will collaborate for some mass melodies from well-known musicals during the evening production.

The four Emmetsburg students will make two trips to Des Moines for rehearsals this week prior to Monday night’s performance.

“This is a wonderful honor for the Emmetsburg High School Music Department,”?noted Director Luke Miller. “The entire cast, orchestra and crew worked very hard to earn these honors. I’m very proud of everyone’s efforts and these honors.”